PARENTS, YOUR ENTHUSIASM AND BRAVERY LAST NIGHT WERE SO INSPIRING!
THE CHILDREN WERE THRILLED TO SEE VIDEOS AND PHOTOS FROM THE EVENING AND OF COURSE TO ENCOUNTER THE INSTRUMENTS YOU CREATED!
Today was Hadley's sixth birthday celebration! Hadley brought her family (Margaret, mom, and dad) to celebrate. She also brought her treasured violin, gave us a demonstration of how she holds her fingers on the strings and the bow. She says she practices every single day, usually before school. She even played a rendition of Twinkle Twinkle for Rose.
Afterwards, Candice and Chris showed us a hilarious book called "STUCK", by Oliver Jeffers. This book was so silly it made everyone, even mommies and daddies, smile and laugh. (Continued below)
Hadley's birthday committee (Alex, Ellee and Willa) were so excited to give Hadley her gift: A clay version of the dearly beloved (and deceased) "Anty McFireflier". Along with this, they gave her a small bowl filled with strawberries, just in case Anty got hungry.
Hadley held Anty as she walked around the candle 6 times. Happy Birthday, Hadley!!!
Willa's birthday is the start of our summer birthday celebrations. Willa's parents, Siobhan and Geoff, shared a few photos from the past year. Willa described one photo: "It is me as a flower girl." In another photo, Willa was holding the book, Fancy Nancy, the author of which Willa met. Willa loves the beach! We saw a photo of her hunting for turtles with her red light - "it's a light that does not disturb the turtles." This summer Willa is going to Disney World for the first time!.
CHILDREN (ONLY) SING PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON
PAINTING CHALLENGE: GET INSPIRED BY IMAGES
Alex sees a pattern and works with it.
Starting our day with Yoga and Games...
Because of the rain, we started our Backwards Day indoors where we practiced several yoga poses by going on an imaginary journey. We transformed into animals like a cat and then a cow, and even a frog (we hopped in the air SO high!) We turned into a seed which then grew into a little sprout, then a baby tree, and finally a big, tall strong tree. All the while the tree was growing, the wind tried to blow us down, but the tree just grew stronger and stronger. Then we were boats, sailing on the open sea. We grabbed the hand of our mat partner and pressed our feet together, then rocked back and forth like a boat rocking on the waves. We finished our poses by getting into child's pose and focusing on our breathing. Then, it was time for our favorite yoga game: musical mats! When the music played, we jumped, twirled, and danced our way around the room. When the music stopped, we struck a pose on a mat. As the game progressed, the number of mats grew less and less until finally the whole class had to find a spot on just one mat! Carl chose to do a karate pose. He said, "Karate is a lot about balance."
Other Snapshots from our Day
Friends looked in their mailboxes for messages and wrote back. Lucy's list included Grace, Hadley, Mama, and Jack.
Ellee's portfolio basket was overflowing - good time to sort and stow away her treasures!
Bruno: We're always gonna be buds.
Cassius: I love you, Bruno.
Bruno: Even when we go to a different school, we're gonna be buds.
Carl: Alright, bud. Let's go.
Finished self-portraits in the slideshow below... (more to come)
Song Performances at second meeting...
Another fun day playing with our new sand...
Ellee and Lucy told each other scary stories about the thunder and lightning bringing spooky ghosts!!
The "Bike Wash"
Our MYSTERY GUESTS today were Susan and Lucy the doggie! Susan also brought us a special game called Shut the Box. It's a very old game - invented in 12th Century France! In the game, players roll a pair of dice and flip over numbered tiles based on the sum of their roll. If you flip over all the tiles, you win! We can't wait to practice this game in the small stuff area next week.
Today we discovered our sandbox was filled with BEAUTIFUL NEW SAND!
Such a nice day for slowing down and hanging with friends.
Story Painting Challenge! (Friends met in groups to take turns telling and illustrating a story together)